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Torre Abbey

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Torquay is the perfect place to come for a relaxing family holiday by the seaside, romantic escape for two or adrenaline-fuelled activity holiday, and there are plenty of things to do that will keep everyone happy! Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs to take home or keeping active with a walk on the South West Coastal Path, you’ll find activities for all ages on the English Riviera, South Devon’s Beautiful Bay.

The Geopark Coast

The English Riviera is a very special area, and we have plenty of attractions that celebrate the uniqueness of our ancient landscape and coastline. Find out about the wildlife of this region with our Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust attractions at Berry Head and the Seashore Centre, or get up close and personal with the coast by trying your hand at coasteering, kayaking or diving. Sailors are well catered for with our expansive marina, while landlubbers can do their own exploring on a vintage bus tour or aboard a steam train. There are also numerous sightseeing boat trips and ferries crossing the bay.

Cockington – the ultimate English village?

Just a few miles from Torquay is the stunning village of Cockington. If you’re looking for ‘picturesque’ or ‘quintessential English village’ then this is it! Thatched cottages line the village green, while at Cockington Court Craft Centre you can watch some of the country’s finest craftsmen and women at work and then pick up a gorgeous gift to remember your visit by. This elegant stately home is surrounded by a stunning country park, while the village is warm and welcoming with some delicious, fresh-cooked meals available at the local pub!

Torre Abbey

The recently refurbished Torre Abbey has been a centre for religious study for over 800 years, and welcomes visitors looking for a little peace and solitude. Come and find out about life as a monk in the medieval ages through a great interactive display of talking plates and statues, or just wander around the tranquil gardens.

Subterranean Surprise

No trip to Torquay is complete without a visit to on of our more unusual attractions - Kents Cavern. This is a spectacular subterranean labyrinth of caves which is one of the leading prehistoric caves in Europe. Kids will love meeting Cavog the Caveman, whilst everyone else will enjoy the slightly spooky atmosphere and entertaining guided tours. Why not treat yourself to a tempting Devon Cream Tea in the café afterwards?

Seaside Attractions

After a busy day, head for the harbour and marina, where you can stroll around the shops which sell everything from seaside souvenirs to local pottery and gifts. Check out the coastal zoo at Living Coasts, treat the kids to a snack at one of the beachfront cafés, or sit down for a family dinner at one of Torquay’s stylish seafood restaurants selling fish fresh from the harbour – days out don’t come much better than this!

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  1. Waves Leisure Pool @ Riviera Centre, Torquay

    Waves Leisure Pool @ Riviera Centre, Torquay

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    Leisure/Swimming Pool

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    Torquay

    No matter what the weather our pool offers great fun for all the family! With wave machine, flume, water activity centre, sloping access and heated to a lovely 30 degrees the pool is warm & welcoming!

  2. Global Geopark - Torquay

    Global Geopark - Torquay

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    Environmental Attraction

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    Torquay

    In 2007 the English Riviera was designated a Global Geopark and is one of just 8 sites in the UK and Ireland to hold this special status.

  3. Jungle Journey Adventure Golf

    Jungle Journey Adventure Golf

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    Golf Course

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    Torquay

    18 Hole Jungle themed adventure golf course. Wind your way through the jungle using your golf skill as you encounter tigers, gorillas, chimps and snakes among many other jungle creatures.

  4. Sightseeing Tours

    English Riviera Sighteeeing Tours

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    Sightseeing

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    Station Road, Torquay

    Explore the English Riviera on the open-top bus sight seeing tour! It's the perfect way to relax and leave the driving to the local experts while you enjoy a trip around the bay.

  5. Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

    Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

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    Preston, Paignton

    We are a local, independent charity dedicated to caring for over 1750 acres of this beautiful bay. If you can see it, walk it, climb it, or picnic on it you are enjoying the Trust’s hard work right now!
    Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Cockington...

  6. Bygones Torquay

    Bygones Torquay

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    Heritage/Visitor Centre

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    Torquay

    Life-size Victorian exhibition street with period rooms. Large Hornby railway layouts, medals and militaria. Illuminated 'fantasyland'. Open all year.

  7. Living Coasts Torquay

    Living Coasts Torquay

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    Animal Collection

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    Torquay

    Living Coasts, Torquay's award-winning coastal zoo and aquarium, is home to a magnificent array of marine life from around the world. Set in a state-of-the-art naturalistic environment, you can journey from the South African coast to a mangrove...

  8. OurGlass

    OurGlass

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    Craft Centre

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    Cockington Village, TORQUAY

    OurGlass produce an innovative range of studio glass using traditional glassblowing methods. The workshop is open every day, all year round and is free admission. You can watch the work being created up-close... and ask any questions you may have

  9. Cockington Court

    Cockington Court Craft Centre Torquay

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    Arts Centre

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    Torquay

    At the heart of Cockington Village lies Cockington Court, a manor house with roots in medieval times, surrounded by acres of pretty country park. Today, the court is a hub for arts and crafts.

  10. Torre Abbey

    Torre Abbey

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    Abbey/Priory

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    Torquay

    Explore 800 years of history beautifully presented heritage rooms, galleries, art exhibitions, interactive displays, talking portraits and videos which bring our colourful history and art to life. With a wealth of exotic and exciting plants, the...

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